Slovenian Table Hockey Federation welcomes all players to Slovenia Open 2021 (World Tour Super Series) and World Club Championship 2021, which will be held in Kranj on 23rd and 24th of October.
As that was the case last season, there is no guarantee that it will actually be possible to organize both tournaments. In current situation both events could take place, but as government restrictions due to COVID-19 can change very quickly, that might not be the case by the end of October. We are however 95 % sure that either certificate of vaccination or negative rapid antigen test will be enough for foreign players to enter Slovenia and participate in the tournaments even if the situation in our country deteriorates slightly in the following weeks. But just in case we would advise all the teams and their players to buy their (flexible) plane tickets as late as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us via our email email@example.com for us to try and find the cheapest and fastest flights possible. Ljubljana airport is just 5 kilometers away from the tournament venue, but there are also other airports nearby with great connections with our capital Ljubljana (30 minutes away from Kranj with car / bus / train). Trieste, Venice (Marco Polo and Treviso), Zagreb, Vienna and even Milano (Malpensa and Bergamo), Bologna, Bratislava or Budapest all present themselves as possible options. We would recommend booking accommodations with possibility of free cancellation (you can contact us for help) as well. Lunch (and dinner) will be provided close to the tournament venue on both days.
Deadlines for invitation and participation confirmation along with maximum number of teams from each country in WCC are written in tournament rules, but since 2021/22 season is a bit different due to global pandemic and we faced some problems with securing the venue in the Kranj city centre (Slovenski trg 1) for both tournaments as our usual venue will not be accessible due restrictions, there is a bit of a delay from our side already, for what we would like to apologize. We will be in contact with all national table hockey federations about their participation in both events. Since we can ensure participation in WCC for at least 30 teams, it has been agreed with ITHF that each national federation has the opportunity to name 3 different clubs, which will take part in the tournament. After that we will be in close contact with each individual federation if there will be any places left and further nominations will be possible.
Final decision whether WCC 2021 will be held is going to be announced at least until the 3rd of October. The minimum number of participating teams for the tournament to be held will be announced soon.
We hope that players will come to Kranj and meet Slovenia even before the European Championships 2022!
Slovenian Table Hockey Federation (NHZS)